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Forrest and Barr

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1871 50-ton capacity Forrest and Barr steam derrick for Renfrew
Photographed in Guyana.
Photographed in Guyana.
Photographed in Guyana.
Photographed in Guyana.
Photographed in Guyana.

Forrest and Barr of Port Dundas Engine Works, Glasgow, general engineers and millwrights.

c.1851 Made the Fox and Henderson patented crane designed by Charles Fox; Barr was well-known as a contractor.[1]

May have been involved in railway locomotives. [2]

1871 50-ton capacity steam-powered derrick for fitting ship's machinery, masts etc., at Renfrew. [3]

1872 Newspaper report of a fatal accident: A Forrest & Barr crane at Henderson, Coulborn and Co was lifting 24 ton soleplate when the crane suddenly and unexpectedly gave way. This crane had been previously fully tested to the extent of 50 tons, which it stood perfectly without strain, and that 'no later than four weeks ago it lifted with apparent ease and safety a weight of 40 tons.'[4]. This was presumably the 1871 crane referred to above.

1874 Forrest and Barr, engineers and millwrights, by the partners William Forrest and John Barr; William Forrest assumed the debts and liabilities of the firm[5]

Successor: Forrest and Co

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1900/03/09
  2. British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
  3. The Engineer 2nd June 1871
  4. Dundee Courier - Saturday 22nd June 1872
  5. The Edinburgh Gazette 17 July 1874